2024 Flu Vaccine now available

The 2024 Flu vaccine is now available at Victoria Harbour Medical Centre.

We now have in stock:

  • Free government supplied flu vaccine available from 15/04/2024 under the National Immunisation Program (NIP) for eligible Medicare card holders, subject to supply.
  • Private flu vaccine. Cost is $16.  No prescription required.

The flu vaccine is recommended every year for everyone aged 6 months and over.

  • Appointments required.  No walk-ins.  Standard consultation and vaccine administration fees with our Nurse or GP may apply.
  • Call the medical centre on tel (03) 9629 1414  to discuss your 2024 Flu vaccine options.
Flu vaccine and COVID-19  booster vaccine:
The flu vaccine can be given on the same day (co-administered) with a COVID-19 booster vaccine.

NIP eligibility groups:

Government supplied flu vaccine stock is free under the NIP for the following eligible Medicare card holders:

* NIP funding only for First Nations people, pregnant women, and people with specified medical conditions

** For people aged 65 years and over

Timing of the Flu vaccine:
You should get your annual flu vaccine anytime from April onwards to be protected for the peak flu season, which is generally June to September. The highest level of protection occurs in the first 3 to 4 months following vaccination. However, it is never too late to vaccinate since flu can circulate in the community all year round.

Pregnant women should receive the flu vaccine at any stage during pregnancy.

Flu vaccines can be given on the same day with a COVID-19 booster vaccine.

Flu vaccine following COVID-19 infection:

There is no set time to wait following a COVID-19 infection and then having the flu vaccine. Once you are feeling well and have no fever, you can get a flu vaccine.

People with allergies:
Egg allergy is not a contraindication to receiving the flu vaccine.  As the egg based flu vaccines under the NIP only contains minute traces of egg protein, people with an egg allergy, including a history of anaphylaxis, can be safely vaccinated with the flu vaccine.  If you have an egg allergy, please discuss this with your immunisation provider, as you will require a longer post-vaccination observation period at the medical centre.

All flu vaccines available under the NIP in 2024 are latex free.  People with a latex allergy can safely be vaccinated with flu vaccines that are available under the NIP.

People should not receive the flu vaccine if they have experienced anaphylaxis after a previous dose of any flu vaccine or anaphylaxis after any component of a flu vaccine.

Eligibility for a free Flu vaccine through the NIP:
Eligibility for a free government supplied flu vaccine for Medicare card holders under the NIP in 2024 includes the following groups of people:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 6 months and over
  • Children from 6 months to less than 5 years of age
  • Pregnant women (during any stage of pregnancy)
  • Adults aged 65 years and over **
  • People aged 6 months or over who have medical conditions that mean they have a higher risk of getting serious disease:
    • cardiac disease
    • chronic respiratory conditions
    • immunocompromising conditions
    • haematological disorders
    • chronic metabolic disorder
    • chronic kidney disease
    • chronic neurological condition
    • long term aspirin therapy in children aged 5 to 10 years

Some important considerations:

  • Young children aged 6 months to less than 9 years who should have 2 doses of the flu vaccine (given at least 4 weeks apart) in the first year they receive the flu vaccine
  • Pregnant women should receive the flu vaccine at any stage during pregnancy
  • People travelling to a destination where the flu is circulating (year-round in the tropics) should have a flu vaccine
  • People who have had a haematopoietic stem cell or solid organ transplant require 2 doses of the flu vaccine (given at least 4 weeks apart) the first time after they receive the transplant

Call the medical centre on tel (03) 9629 1414  to discuss your flu vaccine options.

Please download and read the Pre-immunisation Checklist before your Flu vaccine appointment.